Remember that slogan for a military recruiting ad? Is that how you feel about your job? It is not really work to you…it totally lights you up and fuels your purpose in life. No? Well, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that most people on this planet are not in the right job, so for them….it IS work. It is something to be dreaded. It is a source of irritation and an obligation they have to keep to get a paycheck.
The good news is, you don’t have to live like that. God has wired each of us with some unique gifts. You may be thinking that your wires got crossed somewhere…and maybe they did. There are circumstances that happen to us that are out of our control, but this too is something that you can adjust.
God did not give you special gifts to see them wasted or ignored. I think one of the saddest things in life is for someone to go through their entire life and end up bitter, thinking to themselves (if not outloud) that they have wasted their life. They end up in the land of regret. The “woulda, coulda, shouldas” make a tragic tombstone.
Principle 1. If you have a job just to have a paycheck, make that as temporary as possible. I understand that sometimes we might have to do something we are not called to do just to make ends meet…but don’t settle for that. Don’t allow yourself to lose the wonder of living an adventure!
Principle 2. If you have a job that is an adventure, use your gifts to give back to others. You will find that when you are in “your zone,” meaning that you are totally alive and full of joy, peace, love, and hope, you will have the opportunity to help others. Be the hand to lift someone that is struggling to find their adventure.
Principle 3. Adventures are exciting, thrilling, rewarding, and spontaneous. Sounds a lot better than having to punch the clock, and wondering when you can take a pee break, right? Seek the adventure instead of the paycheck. Seek and you will find it.
My hope for you is that you find the adventure of your life. When you do, your life will have the significance that you have been longing for, and impact the world.